02.08.2012 - 05.08.2012 33 °C
Capital city of Sardegnia. We caught the bus from Cala Gonone to Nuoro to Cagliari. Having been in Cala Gonone swimming in clear blue sea, this place didn't excite us very much.
We are staying in the old town. Its not very busy around the place. There are lots of French people here on holidays though. It feels like we are in France. I guess its not far from Cosica and from what we've heard, they are here to soak up the sun at the beach because it is too cold back in France!!
We walked around town today. It was so bloody hot and humid and by the end of the day we were just two grumpy bums!! The heat back in Australia is hot but the heat here is unbearable. I reckon there's no point putting shirts on- the minute you walk out, your skin is burning, your shirt sticks to your body, you have to walk with your legs apart because your shorts is already stuck to your thighs!! Urg... Just very uncomfortable
So our day started at Bastion of St Remy: great views of the city at the top.
Santa Maria church: Blake went in and had a look. I couldn't be bothered, had enough of church visits for me (i was also dressed imappropriately).
The city walls- most of it are still intact:
One of the limestone tower- Torre di San Pancrazio: we didn't climb this one, apparently the other one (Torre dell'Elephante) has better views at the top:
We finished the morning sitting at a park that smelt like cat piss everywhere. Either that or people use the park as a toilet!!
The spent the rest of the afternoon looking for a grocery store to buy food. Ended up having a kebab from an indian restaurant (quite a few indian shops here).
Our hostel- Hostel Marina has a lockout time from 10.30 to 4pm!! We got back after lunch thinking we could just sneak in and have a siesta but our keys couldn't swipe so we figured it was a total lockout. By 4.30pm it still didn't work- we were well and truely cursing the hostel and each other by then. We've been sitting in the heat in the courtyard for 2 hours And the hostel bar is not even open during the day!! Anyway.. They didn't program our keys properly that's why we couldn't get into our rooms. So in fact we could actually have had our siesta
We went on a open top bus around Cagliari (with english commentary)- it took us around the main sightseeing places:
Santuary of Bonaria- dates back to 1324 and was commissioned by the Infant Alphonse of Aragon who decided to build a church here in order to offer spiritual assistance to the soldiers committed in the siege of the city. In 1370, the Mercenary Fathers found a chest containing a statue of a Madonna – the Blessed Virgin of Bonaria – in a stretch of water opposite to the church. Apparent in recent times, Madonna's statue was found bleedy?!?
The pink flamingos in Molentargius Pound- its a swamp really. In 1993, flamingos started nesting here and now has a colony of over 11,000 birds.
This is a church.. Of what?!? we can't remember
After the tour, we decided to climb Torre dell'Elephante tower. The view at the top was amazing, but it was too hot to stay up there.
Views of Cagliari:
Blake's body hasn't started to peal, so we decided to check out this 'famous' sand beach..
Italians and French out in force baking their bodies on the beach. The water was murky and dirty. Not the best beach we have been to